Poisonous Plants: Plants Affecting the Urinary and Hemic-Lymphatic Systems
In the first half of this course, you will become familiar with the important oxalate-containing plants that cause kidney disease in animals. Oak poisoning is also discussed. After completing this section, you will be able to:
> Recognize common plants that contain significant quantities of oxalates.
> Understand how plant oxalates produce disease in animals.
> Understand the pathogenesis of oak poisoning in animals.
The second half of this course deals with plants such as onions, sweet clover, red maple and bracken fern. They have a direct effect upon the blood causing anemia. The plants and the mechanism by which they are toxic to animals are discussed. After completing this section, you will be able to:
> Understand the pathogenesis of onion poisoning.
> Recognize sweet clover and the reason it causes blood clotting deficiency in animals that consume it.
> Recognize Heinz body anemia in horses and its most likely etiology.
> Appreciate the toxicology of bracken fern.
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